Set in the ... 1960s?
I'm all for the "Valley of the Dolls"/"Mad Men" vibe they're trying to conjure, but please. Everyone knows "Dynasty" is the 1980s. What's next? "Dallas" set during 1940s wartime America?
Here's more from ComingSoon:
"'Dynasty' is being developed as a feature film, the creators announced today. Based on the popular soap opera of the 1980s, the focus of a wealthy oil family will be reimagined in a 1960s setting that creators Richard and Esther Shapiro liken to 'Mad Men.'
“'We’re taking the "Dynasty" family to places they’ve never been before,' says Richard Shapiro. 'It’s fun, because the fans of the show will know from the series where each of the characters end up, eventually, but what they won’t know is how they get there. There will be some very unlikely twists and situations, and people will not be expecting a lot of what we’re planning. We’re going to do a lot of coloring outside the lines ... [the] movie will be the old Dynasty, of course, but with horns.'
Actress Luise Rainer turns 101 today
Here's more from The New York Post:
"Happy Birthday to Luise Rainer, who turned 101 today.
"Viennese-born Rainer is not only the oldest surviving Oscar winner but the first person to win back-to-back Academy Awards, named Best Actress for her second Hollywood film, 'The Great Ziegfeld' (1936) and her third, 'The Good Earth' (1937), both also Best Picture winners.
"In honor of her birthday, Turner Classic Movies is tonight showing a video of her appearance at the first TCM Classic Film Festival last April. Robert Osborne tries to interview the still-coquettish Oscar winner, but basically he's enabling an expert piece of performance art by the centenarian Oscar winner, who rolls her eyes at the mention of Louis B. Mayer and claims he called a 'Frankenstein monster' who would 'destroy the studio.'"
Actresses in line for Batman?
What do you think? From TheWrap:
"The casting carousel continues, as Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Kate Mara, Jessica Biel and her 'Easy Virtue' co-star Charlotte Riley are also said to be testing for two lead roles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Riley is a British actress who is engaged to Nolan's 'Inception' star Tom Hardy, who has already been cast in an unspecified role (rumored to be Dr. Hugo Strange). I'm not a die-hard 'Batman' fan or anything, but Knightley, Biel and Mara would be all wrong for Gotham City, and while Hathaway is a terrific actress, I just don't see her as a good fit for the 'Dark Knight' universe.)
"Have Naomi Watts and Eva Green been cast as Vicki Vale and Talia al Ghul in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises'?
"That's what a mysterious source (could it be the Joker?) has told Collider, which presumably vetted the rumors before publishing them. After all, Nolan is known for disseminating false information about his movies."
Armond White's 'ungracious' night
"But after last night’s edition — the 76th in the group’s proud history — all talk of the pleasures of Colin Firth’s charming acceptance speech as Best Actor or Michelle Williams’ sweet presentation to Mark Ruffalo as Best Supporting Actor was drowned out by chatter about critic Armond White and director Darren Aronofsky. "
She also wrote:
"We all left — okay, I left — feeling sour and lectured to and embarrassed. Represented by an ungracious spokesman, all critics were made to look as sour and bitter and ungenerous as caricature (and 'Ratatouille') would have us. Judged by snark from one irritated director, everyone in that business was made to look ungracious."
Thompson on Hollywood reports on them
Here's a bit from The Hollywood Reporter:
"Leaving behind a long list of previously attached talent, from stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal to filmmaker Kevin Smith, the Black Beauty finally roars into theaters this weekend with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou behind the wheel and director Michel Gondry in charge of its course. While the slick vehicle in question—a seriously pimped-out Chrysler Imperial—delivers the awe-inspiring goods, 'The Green Hornet' itself never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance."
New York Film Critics Circle Awards turn uncomfortable
I'm kidding. Sort of. I have a feeling he'd either go off in some angry "Network"-like rant against current cinema, or turn into Donald Sutherland at the end of "Day of the Locust." Either way, it would be entertaining.
Here, via PopEater, is what went down at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards:
"New York Press film critic Armond White isn't exactly beloved in Hollywood -- in fact, he's quite the opposite -- and things came to a head last night during the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, with 'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky chastising White from the stage and a teary-eyed Annette Bening pleading for everyone to 'just get along.'
"According to the Village Voice, things were tense from the get-go after White, chairman of the Critics Circle, brought Aronofsky onstage to present an award to his 'Swan' cinematographer, Matthew Libatique. In an obvious wink to White's negative 'Swan' review, the director said, 'Keep it up, because you give us all another reason not to read New York Press.'
"'Aronofsky was saying this stuff with a smile,' Gawker reports. 'He was riffing.' White, however, wasn't laughing, and took his next turn at the mic to stir the pot, saying, 'That's all right. Darren reads me. That's all I want. And because he reads me, he knows the truth.'"
And with Daniel Craig
James Bond is back and with Daniel Craig. You can now check the next "Saw" movie off your list of films to watch next year. I know they say "Saw" is over, but I don't believe them.
So again, good news. Though I'm not sure about Sam Mendes at the helm -- please no subplot involving Bond's repressed next-door-neighbor or a floating paper bag, unless Eva Green emerges from it.
Here's more from TheWrap.
"Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that the 23rd 'James Bond' movie will go into production later this year and premiere Nov. 9, 2012.
"Daniel Craig will return as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing. Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan will write the screenplay.
"Confirmation of the project and its key components has been long-awaited, with MGM sorting through bankruptcy and Spyglass taking over its filmmaking operations.
'Thor,' en Francais
"The French poster for 'Thor' has made its way online today, thanks to CloneWeb.net and Fantasy.fr.
"Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on May 6, the Kenneth Branagh-directed film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore."